Consultation on Proposals for an Offence of Wilful Neglect or Ill-Treatment in Health and Social Care Settings

This consultation document outlines and invites views on the Scottish Government's proposals for a new criminal offence of wilful neglect or ill-treatment in health and social care settings.

Annex A - Professions which would be covered by the offence

Please note: this list is not exhaustive and we would welcome comments on it

Health Professionals

  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists orthodontic therapists
  • Doctors
  • Optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses;
  • Osteopaths;
  • Professions regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (which includes arts therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists / podiatrists, clinical scientists, dieticians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists/orthotists, radiographers, and speech and language therapists)
  • Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
  • Nurses and midwives

Social Care Professionals

Social care workers who work in providing services in the following: care homes, care at home, support services, housing support services, adult placement services, short breaks and respite care, services for people in criminal justice supported accommodation


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